1. reading group
      14 January 2014

      New York - Appropriation and Dedication #3

      Darby English, Craig Owens
      ISSUE Project Room, New York
    2. The upcoming meeting of the New York Reading Group will continue from our previous discussion on 'The Face' by Giorgio Agamben and 'Store as Cunt' by Bruce Hainley, both texts which introduce appropriation as means to redefine ownership of language and space, and we gave specific focus on Elaine Sturtevant’s elusive use of appropriation as a marker of masculine dependence on commodity/commodification in the art world.
      We will now further extend the conversation to incorporate appropriation as it relates to the performative gestures of the body, outlined and challenged in Craig Owens’ essay, 'Posing' and in the contrary sense, Darby English’s text 'How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness,' discusses how appropriation may operate in a conceptual sense, without the reliance on the 'presence' of the body, but instead through mechanisms of metaphor.
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